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making news in america this morning -- breaking right now, egypt, unrest. protests in cairo turn deadly overnight, as police move in to break up the crowd. we're live with the latest. happening now, a destructive wildfire closing in on a luxury mountain resort town. just part of the wild weather coast-to-coast. fires and floods. rare sighting. a couple watching tv gets quite the surprise after a dangerous animal comes creeping right into their home. raising the bar at a dance. a coming of age party going viral, all because of the kid's moves. good morning. we begin with breaking news.
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a key u.s. ally, seemingly in chaos this morning. right now, a violent crackdown on protesters is taking place in egypt. >> egypt has been the scene of political tension for months. and overnight, things boiled over. abc's tahman bradley joins us with the details. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: diana and john, good morning. the crackdown came from egyptian security forces against supporters of egypt's ousted president mohamed morsi. when those security forces moved in, they did so with volleys of teargas, along with armored cars and bulldozers. the intention was to clear two sites where morsi supporters had been holding protests. their sit-in had entered its seventh week. a statement from morsi's muslim brotherhood party says at least 200 people have been killed. hospital estimates put the number of those injured in the thousands. government tv reports put those numbers significantly lower. and sources tell us that at least 200 morsi supporters have been arrested so far. initially it was though, the government's plan was to surround both camps and allow protesters to leave peacefully over a three-day period.
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obviously, somewhere along the way, that plan changed. morsi's backers began their protests after he was ousted from office by egypt's military early last month. diana and john? >> abc's tahman bradley in washington for us this morning. thank you. a drone strike has killed four suspected al qaeda militants associated with the threat that closed u.s. embassies across the middle east and north africa. the anticipated attack never materialized. and all of the embassies and consulates have reopened except for the one in yemen. but officials tell abc news the threat remains real and serious. this morning, peace talks resume between israel and the palestinians. the first major talks in three years. the meeting comes just a day after israel released 26 palestinian prisoners, a move meant to get the palestinians back to the negotiating table. there's already some tensions to start the day. israel carried out air strikes overnight in the gaza strip. no one was killed. breaking news overnight from louisiana, where a hostage standoff inside a bank has ended in deadly gunfire. authorities say the gunman shot two hostages before he was
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killed by police. one of the hostages has since died. the other is in critical condition. the ordeal began around noon yesterday. and negotiations had continued through the night. but police moved in once the gunman said he was going to kill his captives. nature's punishing fury is battering the country in the east and the west, unleashing dangerous flash floods and destructive fires. >> as the east coast dries out from a sopping wet storm, wildfires, blazing through nearly a dozen western states. one fire destroyed a dozen homes in utah, forced hundreds of evacuations. and now, it's creeping up on a resort area, filled with luxury homes. a lightning strike is being blamed for the destructive fire that has already scorched more than 4,000 acres. at times, moving as fast as 80 feet per minute. the flames shot up the side of the mountain in summit county, utah, creating giant funnel clouds of smoke. this happens when extreme heat meets high winds. >> there's so many homes that are destroyed up there right now. there's so many families without a house right now.
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not just mine. >> reporter: and this morning, shifting winds have pushed the fire within just ten miles of the resort town of park city and its multimillion-dollar mansions. >> we still have a large threat to a number of homes that we can't ignore. and that's where our prime focus is right now. >> reporter: one man watched helplessly as the fire inched up to his neighbor's back door and torched one home after the other. >> the whole north side of the mountain has burned. and the wind kept changing. the older homes, i saw one that was burned to the ground. i saw another one, a newer one that was burned to the ground and had a propane tank that was shooting up probably 30 feet. >> reporter: it was an entirely different story in the northeast and mid-atlantic, where torrential downpours and flash floods buried roads and swallowed up cars. philadelphia saw six inches of rain in a matter of hours. drivers are stranded across southern new jersey and delaware. and thousands of people lost power. two college friends of boston marathon bombing suspect, dzhokhar tsaranev, have pleaded not guilty to destroying
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evidence in the case. the men were arraigned yesterday in federal court on obstruction of justice charges. prosecutors say they threw away evidence taken from tsaranev's dormroom the day before his capture. jesse jackson jr. due for a sentencing in a washington courtroom today. the former congressman pleaded guilty to going on a campaign treasury spending spree to the tune of 750,000 bucks, which included fur coats, vacations and a rolex. his wife, sandy jackson, will also be sentenced for failing to report about $600,000 of income. they both face jail time. former congressman anthony weiner is fading fast in the race for new york's mayor. the latest poll finds weiner falling to fourth place. at a debate last night, he once again apologized for the sexting scandal. he also tried to distance himself from earlier comments about his wife's role in a potential hillary clinton presidential campaign. >> the question was, do i know what my wife is doing? the answer is, yes.
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have you ever heard that sometimes people say a joke, saying, if i tell you, i have to kill you. it was a joke. everyone laughed. it was a joke. >> weiner added this, i have no insight into campaign 2016. i'm struggling right here with 2013. the immediate political future is set for the high-profile mayor of newark, cory booker. easily won the democratic primary in new jersey. the rising democratic star is running for the chance to fill the remaining senate term left vacant by the death of frank lautenberg. he will face republican steve lonegan in the election october 16th. let's look at the weather from across the nation. dry and pleasant for much of the midwest. south dakota and nebraska could see a few storms. showers and thunderstorms from the gulf to the carolinas. and there's a threat of severe weather for oklahoma. >> a touch of fall will be in the air for the northeast, with temperatures in the 70s. seattle and portland, in the mid to upper 80s. phoenix is the hot spot at 108. dangerous drink. a new study is showing how many sodas in a day can be toxic. it's a pretty low number. and also, change of heart. a teen with only months to live
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gets some good news after being dropped from the transplant list. and celebrity moms on the attack. jennifer garner joining the fight against aggressive paparazzi with an emotional plea in front of
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welcome back. for only the second time, the government is trying to put the brakes on a looming megamerger between airlines. this time, it's american airlines and u.s. airways. that merger would create the world's biggest airline. the justice department and six states, though, have filed a lawsuit to block the proposed merger saying fares will increase, something at least one expert disagrees with. >> take one out of the system, it does not change the fare structure one iota.
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and doj just doesn't understand that. >> the government's wrong? >> they're wrong. >> the reaction has been swift from the airlines, though, which have already started advertising the merger. the ceo of u.s. airways has been defiant saying, the deal would close by the end of the year. as diet soda sales decline, coca-cola is running its first ads defending the safety artificial sweeteners. coke is touting scientific evidence that shows that the active ingredient commonly known under the nutrasweet brand name is not harmful. the ad will begin in newspapers today in the atlantic area. recent studies find that sugar, even at moderate levels could be toxic. not just to your health but also your sex life. scientists at the university of utah looking at how sugar affected mice. they found that the equivalent of just three sodas a day had negative effects on both lifespan and the competition for mates. check this out. there's a new samsung tv that's being dubbed the marriage saver because it allows couples to watch two different programs
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simultaneously. 3d glasses with built-in ear buds make it happen. it retails for $9,000. a small price to pay, if you ask me. >> the relationship starts out. you watch the same thing with popcorn. it's all romantic. years later, you're like, i'm not watching this stuff. >> separate rooms. >> you better believe it. >> or separate floors. >> ball game for me. what are you going to watch? >> "modern family." >> there you go. >> there you go. when we come back, unwelcome visitor. a couple is watching tv when a mountain lion walks into their home. and they have the video to prove it. in trouble again. former hollywood madame, heidi fleiss, is busted for pimping something other than people.
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storms yesterday, including winds up to 85 miles per hour that snapped trees and power license plates. the roof of the baptist church was ripped right off. now, for a look at morning road conditions. showers and thunderstorms along i-10 in louisiana. wet an roadways in georgia and south carolina. stormy across much of oklahoma. >> if you're flying, airport delays are possible in dallas, new orleans and atlanta. atlanta is right where our next story is taking place. it's where a teenager is back on a heart transplant list this morning. >> getting back on that list didn't happen without a fight. and needless to say, his family is thrilled he's now got a new chance at life. >> had a change of heart. >> reporter: that change of heart has given melencia hamilton's 15-year-old son, anthony, a chance at a new heart. he's now moved to 1-a status, which means this. >> his heart is critical, where he'll be put at the top of the list. when a heart comes. >> reporter: anthony's supporters initially said they were told by a transplant committee the teen would not be placed on a transplant list
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because of his truancy issues and his juvenile record. >> we believe at the initial point they stereotyped him. >> reporter: hamilton says children's health care of atlanta doctors told her his weakened heart would kill him within six to nine months without a transplant. and then, the doctor gave her the great news. >> he told me he was put on a transplant list. >> reporter: a hospital spokesperson sent out a statement that read, a heart transplant evaluation is an ongoing process, based on the patient and his or her family's ability to meet specific transplant criteria. our physician experts are continues to work with this family to establish a care plan and determine the best next steps for the patient. anthony's mother says she's elated her son as a new lease on life. and she says, anthony feels the same way. >> he was so happy. he is happy. >> now, anthony's mom also says he wants to go to college and open up a computer store when he graduates. we're hearing, now, for the first time from a member of the jury that convicted former boston mobster james "whitey" bulger.
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scott hotckey called parts of the deliberations stressful. saying some jurors wanted off the panel before the verdicts were reached. after more than 32 hours of talking, the jury convicted bulger in 11 killings and numerous other accounts. >> i would say he was given every benefit of the doubt on every charge. we talked about it, every single person. and made sure we came to a decision. all the notes were compared. and there was absolutely nobody that was left out. >> he also said at least two other jurors were afraid of retaliation from bulger's associates. bulger is expected to appeal those convictions. he will be sentenced in november. a 100-foot awning collapsed at a mcdonald's restaurant in the atlanta metro area. customers and employees got a big scare. luckily no one was hurt when the awning came crashing down. building inspectors and authorities are trying to determine what caused the collapse. researchers may have found a way to identify children with dyslexia even before they learn how to read. an m.i.t. study using brain scans on kindergartners found
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that kids who performed poorly on phonetic tests, had problems in a an area of the brain that processes language. dyslexia is usually diagnosed around second grade. researchers say the earlier they catch the problem, the earlier a child could get help. after some support from actress jennifer garner, a bill in california that would impose tougher penalties on paparazzi is one step closer to becoming law. garner urged lawmakers to a prove the bill. it's metropolitan to shield the children of celebrities from photographers who follow their parents every day. >> i love my kids. they're beautiful and sweet and innocent. i don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are, all day, every day, to continue traumatizing my kids. >> the bill would make some paparazzi liable to fines and even jail time. it passed one committee yesterday without opposition and now heads to another panel for its approval. do you remember heidi fleiss? she was accused of running a high-priced call girl ring in
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the 1990s. now, she's in trouble again. the 47-year-old fleiss may face charges after 392 marijuana plants were found at her nevada home by authorities. fleiss became a media sensation after her 1993 arrest in los angeles on suspicion of running a prostitution ring catering to the hollywood rich and famous. a wild encounter for an arizona family coming face-to-face with a predator on their patio. a mountain lion parked on the outside of the phoenix home and refused to leave. he does look a little thin. they captured it on camera. the lion stared down her dogs through the glass for about eight minutes. finally jumped to the neighbor's yard to stalk their pets. police killed it before anyone was hurt. >> he was being friendly. meanwhile, he's looking at the dogs saying, mm-hmm. >> you look yummy. he looks like he's smiling. >> the dogs might give him a run for his money. >> they usually say, when an animal gets really close to
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humans or to other animals that it's not used to being close to, like pets, because they're sick and they need help. >> yes. you could be right. speeding sound like a daily headline in the sports world. but the dodgers do it again. >> here's stan and neil at espn with all of the details. >> good morning. welcome to our "sportscenter" studios in los angeles. i'm stan verrett, along with neil everett. how about those dodgers? >> it's time for dodger baseball. mets and dodgers. it was matt harvey. and the place was packed to see this kid pitch. nick punto, with the dodgers down one in the bottom of the fifth. scores two. and then, a.j. ellis, in the bottom of the sixth, buying some insurance. scores mark ellis and yasiel puig. the dodgers win 4-2. they are 40-10 in their last 50. detroit was in chicago. they have max scherzer, going for his 18th win. tigers up 2-0. two on, two out. garcia, off scherzer.
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down the right field line. garcia -- and the ball gets away. garcia comes home to score. 3-1 lead. tied at 3-3, bottom 11. we had a lot of extra inning baseball games on tuesday. de aza makes the blooper reel. garcia scores. the white sox win 4-3, in 11. that's all we have. now, back to you. >> thanks, guys. coming up next, it's "the pulse." we're hearing from the lucky lottery winners that hit it big. one is an instant internet star. also, a boy entering manhood with a performance you have to see to believe.
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their tweens to see the british boy band one direction. once they got there, they couldn't fake their enthusiasm. dad caught with eyes closed, reading, even hiding in a hallway. i can't wait to see that dad. >> the only direction they were happy about was the one that headed towards the end. >> they didn't try to put them on. >> try a little bit. >> they also didn't want to be like the weirdos that were singing along to a british boy band. that would be creepier. one kid blowing into the spotlight literally is why this is our "play of the day." it happened last summer. but it's just now getting a whole lot of attention. take a look. ♪ i want to dance and love ♪ ♪ and dance and dance ♪ >> the kid can dance. the star of the show right there. he's from texas. his name's sam horowitz. he was joining the ladies on stage for "dance again" by jennifer lopez. >> the whole production was
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>> abc7 news starts with breaking news. >> alameda county sheriff is investigating a homicide. investigators are at the scene after responding to a careful shots fired this morning. they found a man body body lying in the street. we have a news crew headed that way with more from them in a report when they arrive. >> good morning, everyone, at 4:28. no need for the wipers this morning. >> or a jacket, either. mike? >> hardly a cloud away from the coast this morning. it has been a good night to watch the showers. live doppler 7 hd shows how dry it is. here is a view from the roof camera where we are seeing cloud
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cover start to roll in a little bit over the top of our building in san francisco. as far as our forecast, 83 to 96 inland, 72 to 84 around the bay and mild at the coast compared to yesterday low-to-mid 60's. >> leyla gulen has the commute. >> good morning. we clear conditions on the road. we have construction. as we take you to dublin we have lanes blocked off until 5:00 westbound 580, causing slowing as you make the approach to 680 interchange. into castro valley is looking clear. 680 northbound and southbound is moving fine. to san francisco we have clear conditions it is clear to the bay bridge. there is a slow down approaching treasure island. we have had ongoing construction until 6:00.
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>> it is 4:30. as the fall semester gets underway at city college of san francisco the group pushing to revoke their accreditation is in hot water of its own. katie marzullo is in the newsroom with this story. >> several things happening with community college which may be getting a boost in an effort to keep accreditation. the department of education has sent a letter to the commission of junior community colleges, the board that took away their accreditation, saying it did not comply with federal rules when they decided to pull the accreditation. the evaluation team did not have enough teachers, two, the commission leader's husband served on the team evacuatedally college is a conflict of interest. it is not clear what the impact will have on the school's future. the


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